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Several local businesses and organizations are participating in the National Drug Enforcement Agency’s “Medicine Take Back” event this Saturday. The event was created to help people safely dispose of their expired or unused over-the-counter medicine, and to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of teens. KSMU’s Brittany Donnellan reports.
Medications can be dropped off anonymously at any of the six locations in Springfield between 10 and 2. Those locations are: Dan’s Discount Drug Mart on Kansas Expressway, Evangel University, South Oaks Pharmacy on South Campbell, the Walgreens on Republic Road, and George’s Pharmacy and the Medicine Store, both on East Sunshine.
The sponsors of the event are the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, the City of Springfield and the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.
Mary Moore is a substance abuse prevention specialist with CPO.
“It’s important for a number of reasons, both to reduce environmental impact of flushing medications down into the water system as well as putting them in the landfill. Also to keep medications out of the hands of teens and children and to help people find safe ways to dispose of medications.”
For more information, you can call 888-2020 or visit our website: www.ksmu.org.
For KSMU News, I’m Brittany Donnellan.